This Week at South Highland

Newsletter for week of November 15 - November 22

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Join us as Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley preaches.

His sermon title is "Seeds, Stars, and The Soul – 3:The Life Everlasting- “I believe in the Resurrection of the Body."

The scriptures are Isaiah 25:6-9 and 1 Corinthians 15:35-58.

.8:30AM - Worship in the Chapel

.9:45AM - Sunday School

11:00AM - Worship in the Sanctuary

.2:00PM - Sunday Club

.5:00PM - Youth Group



HIGHLANDERS & MIDDESSENCE are invited to come on Tuesday, November 19 at 11:00am in the Davis Family Hall. Join us for a wonderful experience of creating a Thanksgiving memory that you can take home with you and stay for lunch for only $7.00.


5:30 - 6:15pm - Dinner in the Davis Family Hall

Menu: Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches, Fried Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Salad Bar, & Dessert

6:15 - 7:15pm - Hymns for Hunger in the Sanctuary

We will gather together to worship by offering to God and to one another our hymns and ourselves for the sake of God and the world. Come ready to worship with both a song in your heart and food in your hands. We encourage those who are able to bring canned goods, non-perishable food items, or a financial offering to benefit the ministries of Feed My Sheep and Good Sam during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.


CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE begins Sunday November 17. Please consider taking an angel or two from the Angel Trees (located on each floor of the church) to provide clothing or toys for families in need in our community. Start shopping. All unwrapped gifts are due back Friday, December 15. For more information, please contact Jill Hightower at 205-568-5736 or or Heidi Messier at 205-541-7228 or

HYMNS FOR HUNGER - On Wednesday, November 20, we will gather to worship in the Sanctuary by offering to God and to one another our hymns and ourselves for the sake of God and the world. As we prepare for this Hymn Festival, we encourage you to tell us what your favorite hymns are and why. Do you have a particular connection with a certain hymn? What stories and memories do you associate with this hymn? How have hymns shaped you in your faith journey? Click here to let us know now!

CREATIVE MORNING RETREAT - Prepare your heart, mind, and soul for the upcoming Advent season with a creative morning retreat. Opening with prayer and a devotional lead by Abby Gatliff, your heart and mind will be nourished and contemplative as we delve into restorative creative outlets led by Courtney Harper Holland on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 - 11:00am in rooms G14 and G15. We will use this time together to make and create, gather and share, and commune with others. Light snacks and coffee will be provided. Slots are limited due to space constraints and a small fee is required to reserve your spot. This fee will help cover supplies. Please contact Abby Gatliff for more information or to sign up at

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The church was founded on November 26, 1944. Former National Security Advisor, and the 66 Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s grandfather, Rev. John W. Rice, Sr., was the first pastor of this church and her father, Rev. John W. Rice, Jr. was the second pastor. A 75th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Thursday, December 12 at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, beginning with a reception from 6:00 - 6:45pm and at 7:00pm Dr. Rice will be featured in “A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice”. Adult tickets are $75 per person and tickets for children 18 and under are $30 If you are interested in attending, please contact Lee Cleveland at 205-585-1046 or

THANKSGIVING LUNCH - Join us on Sunday, November 24 after the 11:00am service for our annual Thanksgiving lunch in the Davis Family Hall.

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE - Make plans to join SHPC and the rest of the Southside Faith Community for the annual Community Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 26 from 12:00 - 1:00pm in the Sanctuary at SHPC.

ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS are invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving Brunch on Wednesday, November 27, from 10:30am to noon at the home of Daniel & Jessica Killilea, 2442 Mountain Drive, Birmingham, AL 35226. Please RSVP to Daniel at

SHPC HELPS BUILD ANOTHER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME this year, in partnership with other churches in our presbytery. The build began on Thursday, September 19 and runs for about six weeks. The address is 3504 3rd Street NE, in Center Point. Volunteers should register on-line with Habitat-Birmingham. For additional information, contact Steve Ashworth at 205-995-8359 or

RISE AGAINST HUNGER! Saturday, February 1, 2020, South Highland will participate in an inter-generational event from 9:30 to 11:30am with Rise Against Hunger in the Davis Family Hall. Our goal is to fill and package 10,000 meals using 50 SHPC volunteers and friends. We NEED you!!


PLEASE PRAY FOR PRESBYTERIAN PARTNER CHURCHES IN NE SYRIA. Caught in this conflict are 3 of the 18 Presbyterian congregations in Syria which are a part of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon – our mission partner. If you would like to help: Checks payable to: South Highland Presbyterian Church for: Emergency Appeal for NE Syria - TOF (The Outreach Foundation). An Outreach Foundation donor is matching gifts received by today, Sunday, November 17
ARE YOU A SPOON OR A LADLE? Thank you for your continued support of South Highland Presbyterian Church in our 2019 Stewardship “Are you a spoon or a ladle?” We currently have 149 pledges for $1,137,488 toward our annual pledge budget of $1,250,000 for the 2020 ministry work. Pledge cards are available in the church pews or click here and you can take care of it online. Be sure to check out the wonderful videos spotlighting our ministry programs!


HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Pamela Guill, Wayne Moore and Tai Moore, and the entire family at the death of their father Buell Moore on November 8.

HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Sue Keith and the entire family at the death of her cousin Hugh Butler on November 8.


UPDATED INFO - Our office staff is preparing for a database change over that will include exciting updates. We are asking each adult to PLEASE fill out the form in Sunday's bulletin or email us your info even if there are no changes. We need your name, address, phone number(s), and email address.

SUNDAY CLUB MEAL PROVIDERS NEEDED - If you or a group with which you are associated would like to help provide a meal to our Sunday Club folks, let us know! Thank you to all those who have volunteered their services with food, encouragement and programs this past year. You are so appreciated! I’m looking forward to 2020 and will be making a new food provider schedule. If you’d like to be a part of this ministry there is much need. I’m praying for a Co-leader in scheduling and seeking program providers. There is someone in this fellowship who has one or all of these gifts: administration, encouragement and helps. You are needed! I don’t intend to be the sole administrator of during 2020, but definitely want to stay involved and help train you, if you feel led to help in this ministry. Please prayerfully consider what you could do. Please text Genie Deason at 205-335-4068.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Can you spare 4 hours a day, once or twice a month? The church office is in need of smiling faces to help greet people coming into the church and answering the telephone. If you would like an opportunity to brighten someone’s day, please call Brenda Keith at 205-933-0790 or email at to volunteer.

SHOP or the South Highland Presbyterian Church’s Outreach Project is developing a faith-based mental health model for the Birmingham Faith community. We are currently outgrowing our space in the Builder’s classroom and recently approved a 3-year strategic plan to help meet our community’s needs. We meet every Tuesday from 9am - 12pm and would love to share our future with you through volunteering or leading a topic for the day with helpful information to our participants. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

WNL KITCHEN MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Do you have a desire to step out of your comfort zone and volunteer for a cause, a group of people, for your faith or any other heartfelt reason? WNL Kitchen Ministry is a great place to start! We are in dire need of additional volunteers to join us. Two individuals are needed each Wednesday evening during the WNL season to help set up, serve and clean up during the Wednesday dinners in the Davis Family Hall. The time commitment for this ministry is minimal and the schedule is flexible. Explore your heart and see where the spirit may lead you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara Hayslip (205-329-3330 or

SUNDAY MORNING NURSERY HELP NEEDED - We want to continue to give our paid workers some time off. If you can help out in the nursery, contact Elsa Holaday at (205) 903-8192

EVANGELISM TEAM - Are you aware that South Highland has an Evangelism Team? Its purpose is to equip ourselves to better share our faith by speaking the Good News of Jesus Christ; to develop and improve our relationships with God, with other members of our Church, and with people outside our Church; and to do a better job of making disciples of Christ. Interested? If so, speak to one of our pastors or Mark Stephens.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFOThere have been several times at South Highland when the church has not been able to contact family or friends in an emergency or times of illness. Please fill out this form to provide emergency information for our database.


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Check out the most recent issue of the South Highland Highlights by clicking here.

CAN'T JOIN US ONE SUNDAY MORNING? You can always listen to the service live on WXJC-AM 850 & FM 92.5 at 11 AM. And if you're out of town and can't tune in the radio, you can listen to the live stream online at

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